Openings & Closings: CorkScrew BBQ Is Getting a New Pit

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Photo by Katharine Shilcutt
CorkScrew BBQ will only be closed for a few weeks in August.
Before you freak out, CorkScrew BBQ is not closing for good, just for a few weeks to install a new pit. The Spring barbecue spot made the announcement via Facebook on July 8: "We will be closing August 3rd to start rebuilding the pit room, adding a awning, removing the old pit by crane, putting in the new pit by crane, seasoning it, seasoning it and seasoning it." It's going to be a lot of work, so CorkScrew BBQ will reopen on August 26 at 11 a.m. with a brand-spanking-new pit.

Florida-based Pollo Tropical opens its first Houston location today at 11400 Broadway in Pearland. The grand-opening begins at 10:30 a.m. for the public, featuring games, contests and prizes. Enjoy fried yuca or sweet plantains with a guava BBQ pork sandwich or a TropiChop bowl composed of your choice of meat, vegetables, rice, toppings and sauce.

Say hello to another ramen spot coming to the Durham Shopping Center. Swamplot reports that Samurai Noodle (originally from Seattle) will open at 1801 Durham soon. This will be the first Samurai Noodle location outside of Seattle.

In more coming soon news, the Houston Chronicle announced on July 8 that Checkers burger chain is returning to Houston; the first location is expected to open in December of this year or January of 2015. The specific location has not been revealed, but Jennifer Durham, vice president of franchise development for Tampa, Fla.-based Checkers & Rally's Restaurants says the five locations planned for Houston will all be in and around the 610 Loop in southwest Houston.

Photo by Deb Small
Cacao & Cardamom has beautiful chocolates.

Impress your friends and family with the beautiful artistic chocolates from Cacao & Cardamom's storefront at 5000 Westheimer. Kaitlin Steinberg spoke with owner and chocolatier Annie Rupani about her storefront; Rupani launched her business 18 months ago; she used her parents' kitchen and other kitchens around town to create masterfully designed chocolates featuring exotic flavors, such as guava tamarind and cardamom rose. Her sweets not only look gorgeous, but each are approximately 45 calories (some fewer!).

Some may believe that the 706 Main Street location is cursed for restaurants as four establishments have come and gone in the past seven years, including Burger Guys, which closed nearly a year ago. But, Swamplot posted a picture of a coming soon banner outside the building for Bombay Indian Grill. Interestingly enough, as noted by a few commenters on the Swamplot post, Bombay Indian Grill is opening just a few blocks down the street from Bombay Pizza Co.

Houstonia's Katharine Shilcutt broke the news that The El Cantina Superior, located at 602 Studewood, opened for dinner service on Friday, July 4. Currently the Tex-Mex spot in the Heights is in a soft opening stage as it only opens for dinner service. Patrons can begin with queso con carne, then fill up on plates of tacos filled with tempura-fried Mezcal rock shrimp or guajillo-rubbed pork with grilled pineapple and onion cilantro. Sip on a watermelon margarita or an ancho chile old fashioned with your meal, too.

Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, located at 3201 Louisiana, is also in a soft opening phase. Chef and owner Mark Holley, former executive chef of the closed Pesce, combines flavors from New Orleans, the Texas Gulf, the Carolinas and the Atlantic Coast.

Did we miss any openings or closings? Let us know in the comments section and we will be sure to include them in next week's report.

Location Info

CorkScrew BBQ

24930 Budde Road, Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pollo Tropical

11400 Broadway, Pearland, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cacao & Cardamom

5000 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Samurai Noodle

1801 Durham Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Burger Guys - CLOSED

706 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bombay Indian Grill

706 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Bombay Pizza Co.

914 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The El Cantina Superior

602 Studewood St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

3201 Louisiana, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pesce - CLOSED

3029 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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A few more openings (this isn't a comprehensive list)...

* Camarones Coastal Tex-Mex opened last weekend in Galveston at 6310 Heards Lane, Ste 1.

* DrinkabiliTEA Cafe, a bubble tea and juice bar, opened last week in The Woodlands at 3335 College Park Dr, Ste 400. The cafe also has a limited food menu featuring sandwiches and other fresh items. 

* Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opened in Magnolia last week at 32910 FM 2978.

* Maryam’s Cafe opened over the weekend in the space vacated by Cricket's Creamery & Café. The cafe's address is  315 W 19th St.

* Rita’s Italian Ice opened earlier this week at 1226 Museum Square, Ste 600 in Sugar Land.

* Stuttgarden Tavern On the Strand - a beer garden in Galveston - opened last weekend at 2110 Strand St.

* Tony’s Italian Delicatessen, a Brooklyn-style deli, opened earlier this week in Montgomery. The address is 16283 Texas Hwy 105, Ste 9.

Opening in the coming weeks:

* Ky Ans Kitchen in Sugar Land (11134 Hwy 6 Ste 216) will open its doors as soon as this month. The restaurant will offer Vietnamese and Japanese fare. On the menu: pho, ramen and yakitori items.

* The owners of Palazzo's are close to opening their Tex-Mex restaurant, Moderno Tacos & Tex-Mex. The restaurant will be located at 10455 Briar Forest Dr, Ste 150. 

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